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Hands-On Summer Arts Camp, where kids get creative

The Hands-On Summer Arts Camp runs for three weeks during the month of June, for students in first to sixth grades, ages 7-12.

The camp will be open Monday through Thursday June 13–June 30, full days from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Check in time is 8:30-9: a.m. and classes begin at 9.

Location for the camp is the Pagosa Springs Elementary School Art Room. Tuition is $120 per week. Daily drop off rate is $35. A onetime lab fee of $15 is charged Class limit is 20 students per week.

The teachers: are Lisa Brown and Tessie Garcia.

Lisa Brown has had the joy of teaching for 22 years. She currently teaches art K-6 in Ignacio and has resided in Pagosa for 16 years.

Tessie Garcia has been teaching art at Pagosa Springs Elementary School for 18 years.

Tessie and Lisa have been teaching together for Summer Arts Camp for 15 years. Karen Siclair, the elementary school art aide will bring her guitar and teach students music and orchestrate sing-alongs.

The goal of the program is to provide a fun, nurturing and creative experience for your child, no matter what age or skill level.  They youngsters will learn new techniques, extend their understanding of art concepts, and build self-confidence, all while being encouraged to experiment, play and express themselves freely.

The classes will be The Ancient Arts in which children will discover the artistic riches of ancient cultures. They will create their own Egyptian clay canopic jar, Chinese dragon masks and more. In Eco Art campers will reduce, recycle and reuse to discover the art possibilities. In It’s About Time, campers create a clock by recycling materials. Clayin’ Around introduces the basics of everyone’s favorite medium ... clay. In Groovin’ Art the kids get into the 1960s pop culture by tye-dying T-shirts, listening and singing to music, and doing other cool art.

Students need to “dress for mess” and wear comfortable older clothes. They need to bring a snack, water, lunch and a good Art-i-tude!

Check out the website with loads of pictures and information at, and you can call Lisa at 731-3546 or Tessie at 769-4212.

Hands-On Arts Camp is sponsored by FolkWest and the Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

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